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I’ve been visiting Greenville for a few days, staying with my girlfriend Monica, but the first thing I noticed when I got here was the brown water. It took me a few days to find the time to figure out what the deal is. Apparently, it’s just cypress roots.

For years, Greenville, Miss., has struggled with the yellowish-brown water that flows from its taps. Although the water meets federal and state standards, city leaders believe that it has hampered the community’s economic development. They hope to install a filtration system to take care of the problem, but have yet to receive federal stimulus money for their proposal.

(via The Washington Post)

However, I think Monica’s landlord may also be working with some kind of water softening system. Mainly because the water is sort of slimy, or silky, depending on how you look at it. But, I have no proof as of yet. Apparently, the water is safe to drink, as I have been the last few days, and taking showers in it, with no problems. But, I agree it’s not helping the image of the town, but with all of the lost industry (which the landlord, Jack, says is caused by cheap labor in China, at least in the case of Schwinn bikes), it’ll be a long time before they can afford any kind of filtration system.

In other Greenville historical news: Jim Henson was born here. In fact, Kermit the frog was allegedly named after Jim Henson’s childhood friend, Kermit, who would hang out with Henson at Deer Creek in nearby town Leland. Also, famous civil war historian Shelby Foote literally wrote in Monica’s current room! Shelby Foote was instrumental in the creation of the Ken Burns documentary The Civil War, which is certainly worth checking out—and will exemplify, through proxy, how cool it is to stay in the cottage where he wrote.

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